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I did it!!!

I ran 26.2 miles. I crossed the finish line with a smile. I FINISHED A MARATHON!

The weather was perfect, the volunteers were great, the crowd was awesome, the scenery was fantastic.

Wow…

The months of  training paid off. I felt strong more than most of the way, I never doubted whether I would finish or not, I had fun, and I was even able to give a little kick at the end and cross that finish line strong.

I ran this city and I finished…all of it…I ran long and far…and I couldn’t be happier (or more sore!). I will share more details later…for now, I’m still celebrating (and recovering).

Congratulations to everyone who finished a race this weekend, especially to those who ran Detroit with me. We rocked it!

26.2 miles…success. 😀

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remember your motivation…

Well, here we are…less than 24 hours away. Race bib in hand, race day outfit just about ready, well-rested, and anxiously awaiting for my time to cross the start line.

I headed down to the expo yesterday with my friend Angela, and afterwards we drove part of the course (and took a few pictures…or maybe more than a few…).

I’m really ready now. I’m in marathon mode — as if I haven’t been already for the past few days. A few nerves are starting to set in, of course, but they aren’t getting the best of me…and they won’t. Don’t let them get you either.

If you find yourself running and feeling less than motivated, just remember why you’re doing this. What motivates you? Why have you stayed so committed to this? I know I have more than 26 people to think about and keep me inspired during my run, one or more during each mile. So, just remember your motivation…and if you’re having a hard time remembering why you’re doing this, maybe this Detroit Free Press article will spark something in you.

Remember your motivation…and stay committed…you’ve worked hard for this!

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LET’S DO THIS!

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miles of dedication. nine left…is one for you?

Well, it’s upon me. I never thought it would come this quickly, but I’m glad it’s here. In fact, I’m excited…in a way I don’t think I’ve ever experienced before. It’s a feeling I can’t describe, but it’s great.

Ok, so what’s upon me you’re wondering (since clearly the marathon isn’t upon me just quite yet). October is upon me! The month of October is here…which means the marathon is closer than ever. While it is a somewhat intimidating thing that I only have 16 days left until the big race, it is also extremely exciting.

In just 16 days, I will run through the streets of Detroit…I will run across an international border (twice)…I will do something I have wanted to do for a long time and I will do it in a city I love…I will feel anxiety before the sun rises…I will likely feel my anxiety disappear as I enter the first mile (the mile being run for my mom)…I will do my best to pace myself…I will remember my training and get myself through all 26.2 miles (the last mile being run for my dad and the last two-tenths of a mile being run for me)…I will cross the finish line…I will finish a marathon! (I just got chill writing those last two “I will…” phrases :-D)

Man…I can’t wait…

I can’t wait to run those miles…to finish those miles…for each of you who have been reading my blog; who have been supporting me; who have told me I have inspired you (still, the number of responses of this nature that I have received boggle my mind and put a smile on my face); who inspire me (thanks, Christina); who have rollerbladed and/or biked alongside me (thanks Kay-Kay, Amanda, & Adam); who have run with me (thanks, Chris, Jeremy, Kelly B., Amy, Ang, & Kelly T….and anyone else I may have missed); and who have encouraged and motivated me.

I…can’t…wait…

But, I have to and I will…my patience is in full force. There are still 16 days of training, tapering, rest, carbs, and electrolytes before the big day. These days are big ones and they remind me that I can wait…because I need these days and I need to take full advantage of my workouts and cross-training and rest during these days.

I can wait…

I can wait, while being anxious and excited, and ready to do this!

It’s going to be good, my friends. SO good.

Those miles…

And, during each and everyone of those miles I’ll be thinking of you…I’ll be running for you. My miles are dedicated to you. And, there are still 9 miles left to dedicate…is one of them for you? I would love to dedicate one of those 9 miles to you…leave a comment on this post, and pick a mile number that’s still left (the miles are listed over on the right sidebar of this blog).

So here we are…October is here. Race day is almost here.
9 months of training…success.
9 miles left to dedicate…let’s do this.

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26 days til 26.2

Today is a magical day. There are only 26 days left until I lace up my running shoes early in the morning downtown and head for the start line. In 26 days, at 7AM the clock will start. Thousands of runners will take off to accomplish what they have been training for over the past weeks and months. I will be one of those runners, and I can’t hide my excitement.

I’ve been wanting to accomplish this for quite some time now. My goal: run, enjoy the route, and finish. Sounds like it should be simple enough, right? Well, I sure hope so. If you ask me, there is nothing “simple” about running 26.2 miles. The physical, mental, and emotional strengths that I have surprised myself with this year are things that I am not about to brush off with a “no big deal.” The truth is…this is a big deal.

At the beginning of 2010, I told myself this would be the year. I would run and finish a marathon. I knew that to get to that point though, I would need to commit — no excuses allowed. The commitment goes beyond committing to run the miles — I have taken the time needed to run the miles the right way, have worked hard to finish each of my runs as strong as possible, I have changed my eating and drinking habits (water is God and pre-run, mid-run, and post-run food should be chosen wisely), and I have even changed my social habits  (saying “no” to much more than usual, coming home earlier than usual so I can sleep and wake up early the next day for a long run, and reassuring my friends that I won’t be “lame” after Oct. 17). Holy commitment!

So far, I have done it. I have kept running, kept writing about my running, and have somehow managed to “stay committed even when I’m not motivated” (for those of you who have been following my journey for awhile now, you might remember that notion from awhile back…sound advice one of my best friends, Kelly, shared with me).

I remember when Summer came around the corner and I had already been running, but I needed to start following a bit more strict training plan. I started. I kept up with it, but allowed enough flexibility to be sure I maintained motivation. As long as I fit workouts in, stayed in shape, and was able to finish my long runs, I knew I was on the right track. Sure, there have been a handful of times when I was ready to stop (I hate even daring to use that awful word, “quit”), be done with it — who really needs to run a marathon anyway? What was I proving? Who was I doing this for? But, I carried on. I need to run a marathon. I am proving to myself that I can finish this, that I can really do something major that I have wanted to do for years — I can take something huge from start to finish. I am doing this for me.

As horrible as a few of my long runs have been, I am thankful for them. They are reminders for me during a long run that if I was able to finish a long run “like that one [insert a number from 7-14 here]-miler in [insert summer month here] in the middle of the afternoon in ninety-some-percent humidity” or “like that one at 6AM in 92% humidity” (yes, 92% humidity at 6AM!), then I can finish that same distance, and longer, during the beautiful Fall months. Oh, and don’t forget the great runs…where I have finished and felt like I could just continue on and finish a marathon right then and there. Those runs keep me going, too…maybe even more so!

It’s not just the runs…but my friends and family, too (yes, that means you…thanks for continuing to read my ramblings). They, and you, have kept encouraging me — some have even joined me on their bike or rollerblades — and have continued to remind me how insane I am.

I guess I am a little insane. But, aren’t we all? I’ll just have a medal to prove it 🙂

Until then, there are still more training miles to be ran. They won’t run themselves, and I haven’t crossed that finish line yet…so this isn’t over yet. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel (or the clock at the finish line, if you will) but there’s no stopping until I cross that line.

This weekend…I have my longest run of training ahead of me. A 20-mile run. 20 miles! I’m looking forward to it because I know I will be that much closer to the start line, and to the finish line, and I’ll be that much closer to accomplishing my biggest goal of 2010.

And, when I cross that finish line in 26 days…how sweet it will be. When I can finish my blog post with “26.2 miles…success,” how sweet it will be.

254 days of training down, 26 to go…success.

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best long run of my training

15 miles.

sunday night.

felt amazing.

ran faster than normal. weird. good.

my mini clif bars during a run never tasted so good.

post-run water was delightful…and so was the mott’s frozen juice popsicle.

love that i can follow up a post titled “worst long run of my training” with a post titled “best long run of my training.”

oh, and i’m looking forward to a run tomorrow morning.

also, i’m sorry i haven’t been as diligent with the blog lately. life is busy. running is a priority. i fall asleep a lot, instead of being up so late…because there’s so many things to do.

i’ll have a longer entry soon.

4o days til the big day!

more than half way there…success.

p.s. this is what i’m running in these days. my feet and my knees thank me endlessly during, and especially after, every run.

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Getting Back On Track

I love change. I think it is completely necessary in accomplishing goals, innovating, and ultimately a key to greatness. The one bad thing about major life changes though? Getting off schedule…having no routine…feeling dizzy and off balance (so to speak) all the time. As you may guess, that has been me lately. Amidst moving, driving across the country, starting a new job, applying for scholarships (for grad school that starts in the fall), I have twenty million things going on at once, not to mention the main purpose of this blog, training for a marathon!

Well, now that I am just about settled in in my new location I can get back on track with working out again. Woohoo!

I just signed up for a free trial membership at Lifetime Fitness, so I’m going to check it out and see if I like it. The location is great for me while I am living where I am right now. If I move once school starts though (which is pretty likely), the available locations won’t be as great so I’ll have to see what the minimum amount of time is that I can sign up for a membership if I end up liking it. There are plenty of gyms though, so I’m not worried about finding a place to workout for the too-cold days, the too-humid days, and the cross-training/strength training days.

Since I start work on Monday, my goal while getting back into a routine is to workout where I can fit it in which will probably be at night. I will have a one -hour commute to work, so I’m going to try the evening workout thing at first. Eventually, I might try to get ambitious and workout in the morning, before work. No need to get to ambitious right now though. I don’t want to be defeated by setting goals that I already know are unrealistic.

I have a full month to make sure the base I have been working on is solid, before getting into full training mode. The break I was somewhat forced to take on my recent road trip across the U.S. actually helped motivate me even further. I was going crazy not being able to workout everyday. Also, I have had multiple people tell me how much they are enjoying this blog, and I have learned that I have even motivated a few people to start working out, or start working toward a goal they have had for quite some time.

More than anything, I love that this has inspired others to take action. The more I talk to people and the more feedback I get, the more excited I continue to get about my training. I have to admit that the snow outside isn’t as motivating as the sunshine and the beach, but I love the snow so I’m okay with taking my workouts inside for a few weeks. I wouldn’t have it any other way. People are better motivation than weather, anyway.

So…for all of you Michigan people who have been working out, or want to start working out, what better way than making each other accountable for what we do? We can workout together, we can communicate via this blog, or we can even get together for coffee/dinner/whatever and chat about what is working and what we need help with. I prefer not to post publicly where I will be, etc., since this blog is public; however, feel free to leave a comment if you want to join in on the fun and we can figure out good times to get together. It doesn’t matter if we workout together once a month, once a week, or we grab a drink every now and then–we’ll do whatever we have time for whenever we have time available. After all, we’re all in this together, to keep everyone motivated. I’m writing to keep myself motivated and accountable, and the feedback I have received has motivated me even more. Some of you have even started your own blogs to keep yourself accountable (yay!), so let’s keep it up. I’m mentally ready for Sunday, October 17…and soon I’ll be physically ready!

Are you ready?

Oh, that reminds me! For those of you who aren’t as crazy as I am, remember that there are options other than a full marathon on Sunday, October 17. If you’re interested in being down there for the excitement and still want to show off your accomplishments, remember there are multiple races you can register for at the Detroit Free Press Marathon web site. You’ll find them all at the web site, but for your convenience the races include:

  • Marathon (26.2 miles)
  • Marathon for wheelers and hand cyclists with disabilities (26.2 miles)
  • Half-marathon (13.1 miles)
  • Half-marathon competitive and non-competitive walks (13.1 miles)
  • Five-person team relays – distances from 3-7 miles (26.2 miles)
  • 5K Fun Run and Fitness Walk (3.1 miles)
  • For those of you who want to bring the kids, there is a Kids’ 5K Fun Run (3.1 miles)

Well, it is time to get all of my information in for my free trial at Lifetime. I’ll let you know how I like it.

Taking steps to get back on track…success!

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